Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ramanujan fictionalized

This morning I heard this interview on NPR with the author of The Indian Clerk, a fictionalization of Ramanujan's story. Since the author knows little mathematics, I am a bit skeptical as to the quality of the book (see second review at link above), despite the fascinating material on which it is based.

The interview reminded me of the quote below, from Hardy writing in A Mathematician's Apology:
I still say to myself when I am depressed and find myself forced to listen to pompous and tiresome people, ‘Well, I have done one thing you could never have done, and that is to have collaborated with both Littlewood and Ramanujan on something like equal terms’.

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